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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 4, 2018

Jamestown police are searching for the owner of an adult pitbull dog found dead and hanging from a tree in a wooded area on the city's westside...  
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a passerby found the dog hanging on a red leash and blue nylon rope shortly before 8 p.m. Monday on Hallock Street near Palmer.  Samuelson says they are asking for the public's help in finding who the dog belonged to.
Samuelson says it's hard to tell how long the dog had been hanging from the tree.  He says with several cold nights in recent days, the animal could have been there at least a week.  Samuelson says it may have been a month or longer.  He says they don't believe the animal was stolen and then tortured and killed.  He says if you have any information on the case, you should contact Jamestown police at their tip-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 411 app.  Samuelson says all calls will be kept confidential.  He adds they already had about half-a-dozen tips in the first two hours since posting the release online.
A city man faces charges after multiple drugs and guns were found in his Baker Street apartment Tuesday afternoon... 
Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force agents were assisted on-scene with the Jamestown SWAT and state police C-NET teams to execute a search warrant just before 2:30. While inside, officers found a quantity of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, along with two hand-guns and five long-guns. Investigators took 33 year-old Michael Davis into custody on several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Officers say Davis was also allegedly wanted on two outstanding city court bench warrants. He's being held pending arraignment. 
A city man faces several serious charges after allegedly choking another person and holding a knife to the victim's throat during a domestic incident Monday morning on Jamestown's westside...  
City police were called to the scene at 401 West Fourth Street about 9 a.m. for an incident that had reportedly been going on for about an hour.  Following an investigation, officers accuse 53 year-old Russell Rea, Junior of assaulting the female victim by choking her, then threatening her with the knife.  Rea then allegedly locked her inside a bathroom for a some time after allegedly taking the victim's phone to keep her from calling 911.  He was arrested and jailed pending arraignment on several charges, including second-degree menacing and unlawful imprisonment.
A High-Wind Warning is in effect now through early this evening...  
National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini in Buffalo said late yesterday that a very strong storm system is moving in from our Northwest and it's bringing winds of 30 to 40 mph, but gusting as high as 70 mph.
With that, Ansuini says wind gusts could cause some property damage and will likely bring down some trees and power lines, resulting in power outages. Travel will also become hazardous for high-profile vehicles.
Local Congressman Tom Reed was in the Jamestown-area Tuesday afternoon visiting Bush Industries to hear about the impacts of a stronger economy and tax reform...  
Reed says he heard a lot of good news, but also heard about the needs of the ready-to-assemble furniture company in the Jamestown industrial corridor on Allen Street.  The Corning Republican says Bush has grown about 25-percent in recent months, and is looking to hire 25 more workers.
Reed says tax reform has helped Bush in two ways: the first is the company having more money on hand to invest in the growth it has seen.  He adds it's also helped customers have more cash on hand to make office furniture purchases from Bush.  Reed says that's how tax reform is intended to work.  He says the major need for Bush right now is more skilled members of the workforce.  He says they continue to work with local schools and colleges on those needs.
Reed says he was also in Dunkirk this afternoon to meet with Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated's new Director to find out what's taking place there, and their needs in helping people get out of poverty.
China has responded to new American tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by imposing it's own on American exports, mainly fruit and pork items...  
However, local Congressman Tom Reed says the move was "not unexpected" in what one outlet is calling a trade "tit for tat..." not necessarily the start of a Trade War.  Reed says the U-S move came in the wake of a new trade deal involving South Korea, which he says was successful.
China is one trade partner that has accepted milk and other dairy products from the U-S in recent years.  Reed agrees these moves have been "disruptive..." but, adds America needs to protect it's interests, which he says have been lost in recent decades.  He says previous agreements were "one-sided... " and put the U.S. at a great disadvantage.  Reed says the United States has been able to prove to the World Trade Organization that China had engage in unfair trade practices at least 90-percent of the time, while the U-S had only been about 10-percent of the time.  The Corning Republican made his comments during this week's telephone news conference with Southern Tier Media.
A Jamestown man was arrested during a traffic stop for allegedly violating a stay-away order of protection Monday afternoon... 
Jamestown police were conducting surveillance in the area of 339 Delaware Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. when they saw 36 year-old Jeremy Gross exit the residence and enter a vehicle. Officers were able to stop the vehicle with assistance from Lakewood-Busti Police in the Town of Busti and take him into custody. He is being held in city jail pending arraignment fir second-degree criminal contempt. 
Gross was arrested for violating a stay-away order of protection for the same residence in mid-March, during which officers reportedly found 3.9-grams of crystal methamphetamine he attempted to dispose of during a traffic stop. 
Motorists are digging deeper into their pockets as the upward trend in gas prices continues for the Jamestown area...  
The price per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel is up six-cents from last week to $2.78.  That's according to AAA's latest gas price report, which says the price increase is partially due to the holiday weekend.  National gasoline prices also saw a surge, increasing to $2.66-cents, or $0.11 more than two-weeks ago.  The price increase also mirrors the stronger-than-usual demand.  Officials report the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw the largest drop in inventory on the week with a 3.3-million barrel draw. At 56-million barrels, inventories sit 10-million below this time last year.